PM Asked Drunk Driver Be Released on Bail

Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that he personally intervened to secure bail for a drunk driver who crashed her BMW into two of his bodyguards outside his Phnom Penh villa last week.

Ung Kolzanich, 25, was arrested early Wednesday morning after crashing her car into a tree in front of the prime minister’s home and released on bail Friday.

“Luckily, I personally called the [Phnom Penh Municipal] Court’s president and made a request,” Mr. Hun Sen said in a speech to mark the inauguration of the Tsubasa bridge in Kandal province.

“[She] was wrong, but this could be seen as a political matter,” he said, adding that the bail release was “normal procedure.”

On Thursday, a deputy municipal prosecutor formally accused Ms. Kolzanich of drunk driving, destroying public property and causing injury.

Ms. Kolzanich, a saleswoman for the country’s sole BMW distributor, pleaded for forgiveness outside the municipal court on Thursday.

“I was sick…and I was drunk and it was about 1 a.m.,” she said at the time.

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